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Kevin Bonham
04-12-2010, 10:55 PM
Starts Wed 8th UK time

Rounds start 1 am our time (eg first round 1 am Thursday 9th) except round 2 at 3 am our time and round 7 at 11 pm our time (Wed 15th).

Rest day after round 5.

Single round robin with Anand, Carlsen, Kramnik, Nakamura, Adams, Short, McShane, Howell.

Official site http://www.londonchessclassic.com/index.htm

antichrist
05-12-2010, 08:06 AM
I think it would be great that we have an Aussie Barmy Army go over to one of these comps when a few of our GMs are competing - go to tourneys in a few different countries

lost
05-12-2010, 11:05 AM
I think it would be great that we have an Aussie Barmy Army go over to one of these comps when a few of our GMs are competing - go to tourneys in a few different countries

I just like to say that our very own WFM Shannon Oliver is playing the Womens Invitational at the London Chess Classic and the New Zealand Olympiad member WFM Natasha Fairley. I hope to keep everyone posted of results of this tournament.

lost

Kevin Bonham
09-12-2010, 12:51 PM
McShane - Carlsen

1.c4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6 6.0-0 Nh6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Bxh6 Bxh6 9.Nxd4 Ne5 10.Qb3 0-0 11.Rfd1 Nd7 12.Qa3 a5 13.b4 Ra6 14.b5 Ra8 15.e3 a4 16.Rab1 Bg7 17.Ne4 Qb6 18.Nc6 Re8 19.Nb4 f5 20.Nc3 Qc5 21.Nxa4 Qa7 22.Na6 bxa6 23.b6 Nxb6 24.Rxb6 Rb8 25.c5 Be6 26.Rdb1 dxc5 27.Rb7 Rxb7 28.Rxb7 Qa8 29.Nxc5 Qc8 30.Qxa6 Bf7 31.Bc6 Rd8 32.Nd7 Rxd7 33.Bxd7 Qc1+ 34.Qf1 Qxf1+ 35.Kxf1 Bc4+ 36.Kg1 Bxa2 37.Ba4 e5 38.f3 Bh6 39.Bb3+ 1-0.

Short - Kramnik. Strange opening by white; on move 11 black has the luxury of being better while having no pieces off the back row!

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Qe2 Bc5 4.d3 0-0 5.Bg5 c6 6.Nd2 h6 7.Bh4 Re8 8.Ngf3 Bf8 9.a4 d5 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Ba2 f5 12.0-0 Na6 13.Rfe1 Bg7 14.c3 Be6 15.exd5 Bxd5 16.Bxd5 cxd5 17.g3 Bf6 18.Qe3 Kh7 19.Nb3 Qd7 20.Nc5 Nxc5 21.Qxc5 a6 22.Re2 Re6 23.Rae1 Rae8 24.c4 b6 25.Qb4 d4 26.Qb3 e4 27.Nd2 e3 28.fxe3 dxe3 29.Nf3 f4 30.d4 Re4 31.Qxb6 Bxd4 32.Qxa6 fxg3 33.Qb5 Qg4 34.Nxd4 gxh2+ 35.Kh1 Rxd4 36.Qb7 Qf5 37.Rxh2 e2 38.Qg2 Rd1 0-1

Shannon Oliver defeats IM Susan Lalic (2294)! Game not yet available.

Max Illingworth
09-12-2010, 12:56 PM
After the game Carlsen stated that when he played 20...Qc5, he missed that after 22.Na6, if the knight gets to c7, it forks both rooks. After the superior 20...e6, all three results are still possible.

Denis_Jessop
09-12-2010, 01:05 PM
I just like to say that our very own WFM Shannon Oliver is playing the Womens Invitational at the London Chess Classic and the New Zealand Olympiad member WFM Natasha Fairley. I hope to keep everyone posted of results of this tournament.

lost

That's great news. I thought we may have lost Shannon. Better than that, she beat IM Susan Lalic in rd1 :clap: :clap: :clap:

DJ

lost
09-12-2010, 08:58 PM
That's great news. I thought we may have lost Shannon. Better than that, she beat IM Susan Lalic in rd1 :clap: :clap: :clap:

DJ

I would just like to say I hope this encourages more women to play chess with Shannon playing in a women's invitational tournament.

I would like to see women's chess boom here in Australia.

lost

Miranda
09-12-2010, 10:18 PM
I was shocked by Carlsen's loss - but hopefully it's just a bad day, and we'll see a win from him today.

Max Illingworth
09-12-2010, 10:49 PM
I would just like to say I hope this encourages more women to play chess with Shannon playing in a women's invitational tournament.

I would like to see women's chess boom here in Australia.

lost

For what it's worth, Arianne won the women's invitational tournament at London last year with a convincing score.

With three decisive games in the first round, the London Classic is shaping up to be quite exciting.

Kevin Bonham
09-12-2010, 10:56 PM
For what it's worth, Arianne won the women's invitational tournament at London last year with a convincing score.

Yes, 8/9 and her only loss was to ... Lalic!

I still haven't found the PGN of Shannon's win.

Adamski
09-12-2010, 11:08 PM
I was shocked by Carlsen's loss - but hopefully it's just a bad day, and we'll see a win from him today.
Yes, big upset by McShane. Miranda are you still en France or are you back in Vic?
Congrats to Shannon Olivewr on her win. On Facebook she said she hadn't played competitive chess for 2 years so that is a terrific return.

lost
10-12-2010, 11:46 AM
Yes, 8/9 and her only loss was to ... Lalic!

I still haven't found the PGN of Shannon's win.

Overnight we saw Shannon lose to Lithuanian WFM and Natasha got off the mark with a draw to Lateefah Messam-Sparks.

Also a contender to watch out for this year will be WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni.

lost

Denis_Jessop
10-12-2010, 07:38 PM
Yes, 8/9 and her only loss was to ... Lalic!

I still haven't found the PGN of Shannon's win.

Try

http://www.londonchessclassic.com/downloads.htm

which has the first two rounds for the events. I'll leave it to you to post them as I am clueless about that.

DJ

Kevin Bonham
10-12-2010, 07:59 PM
Thanks Denis. I was watching that page last night but it had not gone up then.

Oliver,Shannon (1926) - Lalic,Susan K (2294)
London Chess Classic: Women's Invitation London Olympia, England (1), 08.12.2010

1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Be3 Qb6 7.Qb3 c4 8.Qxb6 axb6 9.Nbd2 b5 10.Be2 b4 11.0-0 bxc3 12.bxc3 Bd6 13.Rfb1 Nge7 14.Ne1 0-0 15.a4 f5 16.g3 f4 17.Bxf4 Bxf4 18.gxf4 Ng6 19.Ng2 Nce7 20.Nf3 Ra6 21.Ne5 Raf6 22.Bg4 Nxf4 23.Nxf4 Bxg4 24.Rxb7 Rxf4 25.Rxe7 Be2 26.Rb1 R4f5 27.Rbb7 Rg5+ 28.Kh1 h6 29.h4 Bf3+ 30.Nxf3 Rg4 31.Ne5 1-0

Lalic was probably better out of the opening but then gave up a pawn temporarily on the kingside and seemed to be trying too hard to defer getting it back. Instead of black getting more positional compensation by deferring it she ended up getting less and less and after Shannon made this point with 22.Bg4! effectively keeping the pawn for good black just made a series of cascading mistakes and soon lost.

Miranda
11-12-2010, 03:32 AM
Yes, big upset by McShane. Miranda are you still en France or are you back in Vic?

Still living in Paris, but coming back in a week and a half... so just enough time to settle back in to Melbourne then play the Aus Juniors! :)

Anyway, McShane's win yesterday puts him on outright first with 6.0 points, Nakamura second with 4.0 and Carlsen/Kramnik/Adams with a measly 3.0!

The third round's in progress now, and if any night owls are keen on watching there's good coverage on http://www.livestream.com/LondonChessClassic . So far Nakamura - Howell's been drawn, but all other games are still going.

Adamski
11-12-2010, 09:05 AM
I recall McShane was a schoolboy champion in England. He has obviously improved greatly to be leading in this high class field. Good luck to him!

Kevin Bonham
11-12-2010, 11:31 AM
Anand - Carlsen. Gripping stuff.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Nb8 10.d4 Nbd7 11.Nbd2 Bb7 12.Bc2 Re8 13.a4 Bf8 14.Bd3 c6 15.b4 Rc8 16.axb5 cxb5 17.Bb2 d5 18.exd5 exd4 19.Rxe8 Qxe8 20.c4 bxc4 21.Nxc4 Nxd5 22.Nxd4 Nxb4 23.Nf5 Nxd3 24.Qxd3 Be4 25.Qd4 Bxf5 26.Nd6 Qd8 27.Nxf5 f6 28.Rd1 Rc2 29.Nh6+ gxh6 30.Qg4+ Bg7 31.Qe6+ Kh8 32.Rxd7 Qf8 33.Ba3 Qg8 34.Qxa6 Qe8 35.Qa7 Qg8 36.Be7 Rc8 37.Qa6 Qe8 38.Ra7 Kg8 39.Qe6+ Kh8 40.Qa6 Kg8 41.Qe6+ Kh8 42.Kh2 Rc6 43.Qb3 Rc8 44.Bd6 Qg6 45.Qb7 Rd8 46.Bg3 Rg8 47.h4 Qf5 48.Qc7 Qd5 49.Ra5 Qe4 50.Qd7 Qc4 51.Qf5 Qc8 52.Qf3 Qd7 53.Bf4 Qf7 54.g3 Re8 55.Be3 Rg8 56.Ra6 Re8 57.Ra7 Re7 58.Qa8+ Qf8 59.Ra6 Re8 60.Qc6 Rc8 61.Qf3 Qf7 62.Ra7 Qe6 63.Qb7 Qg8 64.Bf4 Rd8 65.Qa6 Re8 66.Rc7 Ra8 67.Qc6 Re8 68.Be3 Rb8 69.Bd4 Qf8 70.Qc3 Re8 71.Rc6 Qf7 72.Bxf6 Rf8 73.Bxg7+ Qxg7 74.Qe3 Qb2 75.Kg2 Qb7 76.Qxh6 Qf7 77.Rc2 1-0.

McShane - Kramnik!

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Ke8 10.h3 h5 11.Ne2 b6 12.Bf4 c5 13.Rad1 Bb7 14.Ng5 Rh6 15.Ng3 Nh4 16.f3 Be7 17.Rfe1 Rg6 18.N5e4 Bc6 19.Kh2 Nxg2 20.Kxg2 h4 21.c4 hxg3 22.Nc3 Rd8 23.Nd5 Rd7 24.b3 Bd8 25.Re4 Bb7 26.Bxg3 b5 27.Kf2 Rh6 28.h4 Kf8 29.Ke2 Ra6 30.Rd2 bxc4 31.bxc4 c6 32.Nc3 Rxd2+ 33.Kxd2 Bc8 34.Bf2 Be7 35.Re1 Bf5 36.Kc1 Be6 37.Re4 Rb6 38.Na4 Rb4 39.Nb2 g6 40.a3 Rb3 41.Re3 Rb7 42.Rc3 Bf5 43.Na4 Kg7 44.Kd2 Bd8 45.Ke2 Rb1 46.Bxc5 Bxh4 47.Bxa7 Re1+ 48.Kd2 Rh1 49.Ke2 Re1+ 50.Kd2 Rh1 51.Ke2 Rh2+ 52.Kd1 Bg5 53.Nc5 Bf4 54.Nb3 g5 55.Nd4 Bh3 56.Rc2 Rh1+ 57.Ke2 Bd7 58.Bb8 c5 59.e6 Ba4 60.Bxf4 gxf4 61.Nf5+ Kf6 62.exf7 Rh8 63.Rd2 Kxf5 64.Rd5+ Kf6 65.Rxc5 Bc2 66.Rd5 Kxf7 67.Rd4 Rh2+ 68.Ke1 Ke6 69.Rxf4 Ke5 70.Rf7 Kd4 71.Re7 Bd3 72.a4 Ra2 73.a5 Bxc4 74.Re4+ Kd3 75.Re5 Kc3 76.Re7 Bd3 77.Re8 Kd4 78.Re7 Bb5 79.Re4+ Kd3 80.Re6 Bc4 81.Re5 Rb2 82.Re7 Bb5 83.Re6 Ra2 84.Kf1 Bc4 85.Re7 Bd5 86.Rd7 Kc4 87.Ke1 Bxf3 88.Rd2 Ra3 89.a6 Bd5 90.Rc2+ Kd3 91.Rd2+ Ke4 92.Re2+ Kf4 93.Kd2 Be4 94.a7 Ra2+ 95.Ke1 Rxa7 96.Kf2 Rd7 97.Rb2 Rd3 98.Ra2 Rf3+ 99.Ke1 Rh3 100.Rf2+ Bf3 101.Rb2 Rh8 102.Kd2 Rd8+ 103.Kc3 Ke3 104.Rb6 Rc8+ 105.Kb4 Kd4 106.Rd6+ Bd5 107.Rb6 Rc1 108.Rb5 Bc6 109.Rb6 Kd5 110.Ka5 Ra1+ 111.Kb4 Ra8 112.Kc3 Kc5 113.Rb2 Bd5 114.Rf2 Ra3+ 115.Kd2 Kd4 116.Rf4+ Be4 117.Rf2 Bf3 118.Ke1 Re3+ 119.Kd2 Rd3+ 120.Kc2 Kc4 121.Rh2 Be4 122.Re2 Bf5 123.Kc1 Rd8 124.Rd2 Bd3 125.Rf2 Kc3 126.Rc2+ Kd4 127.Rb2 Ke3 128.Rb6 Rd4 129.Kb2 Kd2 130.Ka3 Bc2 131.Rb8 Kc1 132.Ra8 Rc4 133.Ra7 Kd2 134.Rb7 Rh4 135.Rb6 Kc1 136.Ra6 Rc4 137.Ra7 Kd2 138.Rb7 Kc3 139.Rb3+ Bxb3 1/2-1/2.

Current standings (they're using 3-1-0)

7 McShane
5 Anand, Nakamura
4 Kramnik, Adams
3 Carlsen
2 Howell
1 Short

lost
11-12-2010, 01:39 PM
Hi all,

Just a quick update, our very own Shannon lost WFM Sarah Hegarty where as our friend from across the Tasman, Natasha Fairley was able to pull off a draw against England's Amy Hoare.

As for the dark horse of the event, WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni she drew with the top seed IM Lalic.

As for the next round Natasha faces the WIM from Netherlands, Arlette van Weersel and our very own Shannon faces Amy Hoare from England.

The Luxemburg and dark horse Fiona faces the Lithuanian WFM.

More reports tomorrow.

lost

ER
11-12-2010, 02:05 PM
Hi all,

Just a quick update, our very own Shannon lost WFM Sarah Hegarty where as our friend from across the Tasman, Natasha Fairley was able to pull off a draw against England's Amy Hoare.

As for the dark horse of the event, WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni she drew with the top seed IM Lalic.

As for the next round Natasha faces the WIM from Netherlands, Arlette van Weersel and our very own Shannon faces Amy Hoare from England.

The Luxemburg and dark horse Fiona faces the Lithuanian WFM.

More reports tomorrow.

lost

Hi Lost
It's all here!
http://www.londonchessclassic.com/festival_events/womens_invitational.htm

Denis_Jessop
11-12-2010, 04:23 PM
I recall McShane was a schoolboy champion in England. He has obviously improved greatly to be leading in this high class field. Good luck to him!

He was the great hope of English chess according to some writers and kept on improving. He has been a GM for some time. If I have the right young player in mind, I think he gave up chess for a business career for a while but has been active again recently.

DJ

Oepty
11-12-2010, 05:10 PM
He was the great hope of English chess according to some writers and kept on improving. He has been a GM for some time. If I have the right young player in mind, I think he gave up chess for a business career for a while but has been active again recently.

DJ

His wikipedia page says he worked at Goldman Sachs starting 2007 but he has now left. He seems to have been far less active from 2007-2009, but more active again this year, so I think you have the right player.
Scott

peter_parr
13-12-2010, 02:12 PM
Overseas London Australian Open Champion Aleks Wohl (2424) on 4/5 plays GM B.Avrukh (ISR 2625) in round 6.

See report SMH (http://www.chessdiscountsales.com/news/2010.htm)

Kevin Bonham
15-12-2010, 01:39 PM
Carlsen's escape!

Kramnik - Carlsen

1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bf4 Bd6 6.Bg3 Nf6 7.e3 0-0 8.a3 Ne7 9.Qb3 b6 10.Ne5 c5 11.Nxg4 Nxg4 12.Rd1 Bxg3 13.hxg3 Nf6 14.cxd5 exd5 15.Be2 Qd6 16.Qc2 h6 17.0-0 c4 18.b3 Qxa3 19.bxc4 dxc4 20.Bf3 Rab8 21.Ra1 Qd6 22.Nb5 Qd7 23.Qxc4 a5 24.e4 Rfc8 25.Qe2 Rc6 26.Rab1 Rd8 27.Rfd1 Rdc8 28.d5 Rc2 29.Qe3 R2c5 30.Nd4 Re8 31.Qd3 Qd6 32.Qa6 Rb8 33.Nb3 Rc2 34.Nd4 Rc5 35.Nb3 Rc2 36.Qd3 Rcc8 37.Nd2 Ng6 38.Be2 Qc5 39.Rb5 Qc3 40.f4 a4 41.e5 Nd7 42.Qxc3 Rxc3 43.Ne4 Rc7 44.Ra1 Ra7 45.d6 Ngf8 46.Nc3 Nc5 47.Nd5 Ra5 48.Rxb6 Rxb6 49.Nxb6 Nfe6 50.Bc4 Kf8 51.f5 Nd8 52.Rf1 Ncb7 53.Re1 a3 54.e6 fxe6 55.fxe6 Nxd6 56.e7+ Ke8 57.exd8=R+ Kxd8 58.Rd1 Kc7 59.Ba2 Rg5 60.Nd5+ Kc6 61.Nc3 Rc5 62.Rxd6+ Kxd6 63.Ne4+ Kc6 64.Nxc5 Kxc5 65.Kf2 Kd4 66.Kf3 Kd3 67.g4 Kd2 68.Be6 Kd3 69.Kg3 Ke3 70.Kh4 Kf2 71.Bd5 g6 72.Kh3 g5 73.Kh2 Kf1 74.Be6 Kf2 75.Bc4 Ke3 76.Kg3 Kd4 77.Be6 Ke3 78.Kh2 Kf2 79.Bc4 Ke3 80.Kg1 Kf4 81.Be6 Ke5 82.Bb3 Kf4 83.Be6 Ke5 84.Bb3 Kf4 85.Be6 Ke5 86.Bb3 1/2-1/2

According to the computers 69.g5!! of all things wins.

Desmond
15-12-2010, 02:14 PM
I think you need to change it to 57.exd8=R+ [done-mod]

Sutek
15-12-2010, 03:19 PM
Carlsen's escape!


According to the computers 69.g5!! of all things wins.

Even more amazing is 68. Ke4! with the idea of running the king to the q-side!

One possible line is 68..Ke2 69. Kd4 Kf2 70. Bd5 Kg3 (70...a2 71. Bxa2 Kxg2 72. Ke5 wins) 71. g5! hxg5 72. Kc3 with a easy win.

Kevin Bonham
16-12-2010, 01:23 AM
Carlsen won and wins the Classic. If the normal scoring system was used he would finish tied with Anand, and tied with McShane if McShane draws (he is currently much worse.) Nakamura could also reach plus-two if he wins (currently even) but only Carlsen has four wins.

Basically under the scoring system Carlsen benefited from scoring +4-1 against the five lower rated players while Anand beat only one of them and Kramnik had just two wins and a loss. This meant Carlsen won despite finishing third in the round-robin with Anand and Kramnik. He had black for both those games and a 3-2 split for the remainder.

A great result for McShane whatever happens tonight.

Tony Dowden
16-12-2010, 06:00 PM
An amazing result by Carlsen :clap: :clap:

The official site also has a nice pic of Kiwi player Natasha Fairley who played in the Classic Women's Invitational - but I haven't worked out how to post it here.

Garvinator
16-12-2010, 06:15 PM
Does this help?

Kevin Bonham
16-12-2010, 07:06 PM
Shannon Oliver finished on 3/9 which is basically her expected score by rating. She drew her last three games in a row including drawing with the tearaway winner, WIM Arlette van Weersel in the final round. van Weersel had no need for a draw as she had already won the event.
WFM Hegarty was going for a WIM norm in the last round but lost.

Shannon's round 7 game, and another high-rated opponent sacs a pawn then can't find all that much.

[Event "London Chess Classic: Women's Invitation"]
[Site "London Olympia, England"]
[Date "2010.12.13"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Steil-Antoni, Fiona"]
[Black "Oliver, Shannon"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2142"]
[BlackElo "1926"]
[EventDate "2010.12.08"]
[PlyCount "50"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bb5 Nd4 6. O-O Nxb5 7. Nxb5 d6 8. d3
e6 9. Qe1 a6 10. Nc3 Ne7 11. f5 exf5 12. Qh4 O-O 13. Bh6 f6 14. Rad1 Rf7 15. Kh1
Bxh6 16. Qxh6 Qf8 17. Qf4 Nc6 18. exf5 Bxf5 19. Nh4 Bd7 20. Ne4 d5 21. Nxf6+ Kg7
22. Nxd7 Rxf4 23. Nxf8 Raxf8 24. Rxf4 Rxf4 25. Nf3 Rf7 1/2-1/2

Denis_Jessop
16-12-2010, 08:27 PM
<snip>
WFM Hegarty was going for a WIM norm in the last round but lost.

<snip>


That's sad. She was my Male Chauvinist Pig's Award winner for the prettiest girl in the tournament. And in quite a strong field too! ;)

DJ